Quinn Hanley: Sunset Send

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II || EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

70mm || f2.8 || 1/1000s || ISO 2000


For anyone who follows my social channels, you will probably recognize this image as one of the finalists in the Pinkbike Photo of the year contest for 2020. I have been shooting with Quinn for the last 4 years, and we have definitely made some pretty great things happen during that time. This shot in particular was interesting for a couple of reasons… The main reason being that we left the confines of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park a lot in 2020. In previous years, we both acted as ambassadors for the park, but due to pandemic restrictions, we were unable to shoot in the park. Quinn really took things up a level this year with the custom features he was building for an awesome project that he was shooting with our friend and videographer extraordinaire, Graeme Meiklejohn. When it came time to shoot this jump which will remain in an undisclosed location, Quinn gave me the call. It might have been because Graemes Honda Element likely would not have made it up the road that we had to drive to get there, or it might be because I do know my way around a camera. Probably both to be honest…

The setup itself was pretty crazy but ended up being one of the floatiest jumps with a photogenic backdrop I have ever seen. After scouting the area pretty extensively, I determined there were two solid angles from which to shoot the jump. The angle here was definitely the hero, and the other was from much closer up using the reflection of a small puddle - maybe I’ll cover one of those images in a few weeks.

For those of you who are into super techy photography details and decisions, this was a bit of an interesting scenario, but one that I find myself in quite often. You will notice that the image was shot at 70mm, which is an interesting overlapping focal length in my lens lineup between my 24-70 and my 70-200. For this particular shot, I actually framed everything with my 24-70, thinking that I would want to capture more of the background. When I got the first couple of test shots out of the way I realized that I wanted to shoot a little bit tighter against the mountains, so I swapped to my 70-200. Of course, once I had my 70-200 on, I backed back out to 70mm and that is where I landed in shooting the final image. I also threw a strobe into this shot as the foreground was quite dark - that gave Quinn the extra pop of light that really brings him out against the mountains.

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